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My Favorite News Story

We have seen an explosion of news in the last several days. Sorry, I haven’t been keeping up as well as I normally do. I’m still working from home until Friday afternoon and at the same time trying to prep for vacation.

There are too many stories to follow. That might be partially due to the times we are living in and partially intentional. I haven’t even begun to dig into #Obamagate. Who cares, really. The pandemic is still full force, there are new and troubling aspects of the virus on a daily basis, 3 million more Americans filed for unemployment last week, the economy is shaky, food is rotting in the fields while 1 in 5 children go hungry and the stock market is showing signs of crisis fatigue. Do I GAF about some scandal that Trump’s campaign has synthesized to distract us when he should be actually doing his job?? No, I do not.

So, here are my list of newsworthy stories in order of importance to me:

  1. New revelations about Coronavirus especially wrt children experiencing Kawasaki syndrome.
  2. 3 million more unemployment claims.
  3. The Washington Post editorial finally tells the Republicans, specifically Republicans, to stop fucking around with politicizing the stimulus packages.
  4. Fauci’s daring bravado testifying.
  5. The supreme court’s review of the request for Trump’s tax returns and Jay Sekulow’s incredibly stupid argument against releasing them.
  6. The horror show surrounding the prosecution of Mike Flynn for lying to the FBI about his phone conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. The courage of judge Sullivan to appoint a third party judge to review Barr’s request to withdraw charges.
  7. The stupidity of Wisconsinites to flood and crowd bars just after their Supreme Court spit in the face of the governor’s stay at home orders. (I don’t think we’ll have the same issues with the electoral college vote this year if Wisconsin and Michigan keep acting like this)

I see that Rick Bright is testifying today. I’ll try to listen in while I’m working. But I think the thing that disturbs me most this morning about Bright is Trump’s insistence that we will have a vaccine by the end of the year. It might be the case that he will exert his screaming orange person for scientists to work harder and faster, (because pressuring scientists always works) but I don’t see any evidence that he will indemnify them or their companies for vaccine that comes out in November just before the election. Vaccine testing takes time and there is no way to rush it. Ok, you can rush it but that only means that some safety checks will need to be discarded.

Anyway, I really wish for once that Republicans would set aside their rapacious power hunger for just once for the good of the country and the rest of the world. Just once. Is that so much to ask???

Apparently, it is.

What is your current news obsession? List them in the comments below.